MeT dept issues an advisory to govt,predicts snowfall

The Metrological department has issued an advisory to the state govt to be ready for any eventuality that might arise due to the snow and rain.

Written by Majid Jahangir | Srinagar | Published: February 7, 2009 3:21:55 pm

Even as the weather in the valley improved on Saturday,the Met department in Srinagar has forecasted another spell of rains and snow in the coming days. The Metrological department has,in fact,issued an advisory to the state government to be ready for any eventuality that might arise due to the snow and rain.

“The weather conditions are likely to change from February 9 to 11,” Director Metrology Department,T N Zutshi said. “We have issued an advisory to the government and other concerned agencies to be ready for the bad weather ahead.”

The Met department said that Western disturbance (WD) is likely to affect valley in the late afternoon on February 9 and under its influence rainfall and snowfall is likely at many places. “The higher reaches in North Kashmir and Pir Panjal ranges may experience moderate to heavy snowfall during this period,” he said.

After the weathermen issued the fresh advisory of snow and heavy rains,the divisional administration in Kashmir has asked all the Deputy Commissioners and Chief Engineers to gear up the men and machinery to meet any exigency.

The Power Development Department (PDD) too has been asked to ensure uninterrupted supply of power. The PDD came under sharp criticism after they switched off the power to entire valley after it started snowing on Thursday evening. The power supply was,however,restored within 24 hours.

The divisional administration has also asked the police to be ready for any eventuality as there is a possibility of avalanches in the upper reaches of the valley. At least four persons including a policeman were buried alive by a snow avalanche in Machil sector on Friday. All of them are believed to be dead. If it snowed more,there are possibilities of more avalanches in the border districts of Baramulla,Kupwara and Bandipore. The deputy commissioners have already asked people in upper reaches to restrict their movement during the snow due to the fear of avalanches.

The fresh advisory has come after the snow on Thursday evening resulted in most of the city and towns getting inundated by water. Water clogged most of the roads and streets in Sri Nagar causing inconvenience to the people.

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